In my diary I’ve already written about the places I went to in Norway during this trip, and as you know I traveled with my mother and we traveled by train the entire time. I love the concept of interrailing. You get on a train, get off somewhere, hang around for a couple of days to explore the city – and get on a different train to somewhere else to explore something new.
If I had traveled alone, I would have probably chosen a different route, as I already know the majority of places we went to, and would’ve loved to visit a non-touristic town or even a remote village somewhere, just to change things up a bit. Just because something isn’t much talked about, doesn’t mean it shouldn’t be.
On the other hand, it was nice to re-visit cities I know (Oslo and Kristiansand), the city I come from (Stavanger) and a city I had never been to, but heard a lot about (Sandefjord). All these cities, except from Oslo, are along the Southern coastline. Sandefjord in the south-east, Kristiansand in the south and Stavanger in the south-west.
Before going to Karlstad, Sweden, we went to Oslo. Since there are no direct trains from Karlstad to Sandefjord, we had to return to Oslo to catch the train to Sandefjord (which is approximately 2 hours direct from Oslo Central Station).
Ah, memories. I remember coming to this restaurant for lunch and a glass of white wine with my friends, during the hot summer months while I was living in Oslo.
The Norwegian Parliament building.
Karl Johans gate. This is the main street for shopping and restaurants. It connects the Oslo Central Station and the Royal Palace, which is the building captured in the center of the photo.
This is the Grand Hotel, a luxury 5-star hotel and a historical landmark (dates from 1874). Quite a few international celebrities and respected politicians have spent a night here, including US president Barack Obama.
Aker Brygge and the Tjuvholmen peninsula.
Aker Brygge and the Oslofjord.
A popular vacation spot for Norwegians and Swedes during summer. There’s a ferry route operating daily between Sandefjord and Strömstad, Sweden – in case you’d like to go on a day trip while visiting this part of Norway.
The history of Sandefjord has been formed by the Viking Age and whaling. Here you’ll find Europe’s only specialized museum on the subject of whales and whaling.
These buildings are the Tourist Information, Gallery Brown and Sandefjord Health Spa
The Chapel at the harbor, the floating church.
I enjoyed a nice iced latte and a cinnamon roll here in Café Vintage. The kind barista asked us if we wanted to taste their freshly baked bread too, and how could I resist? I also couldn’t resist photographing their creative decor. Cushions hanging from the ceiling and colorful, purposely mismatched furniture. I love it. They also sell cute clothes for toddlers here.
Probably the most touristic city in the south of Norway. Especially for families with small children, as Dyreparken Zoo and theme park is located in Kristiansand. For the adult crowd there’s also always something fun happening in this charming coastal city during the summer months. Whether it’s a music festival or a different kind of event, there’s always something going on.
For example, last week they hosted a music festival called Måkeskrik (mostly rock/metal music). And last year I went there for the Tall Ships Race.
Photo taken from the viewpoint of Christiansholm Fortress, which was built in 1672 to defend the city of Kristiansand.
My hometown. This is the fourth largest city in the country, and is the “oil capital” of Norway. The city is growing, becoming more and more urbanized but at the same time still managed to remain a traditional Norwegian city with traditional Norwegian architecture and culture.
My favorite part of Stavanger is Øvre Holmegate, more familiarly known as Fargegata – the color street. This is a classic example of traditional Norwegian architecture meets hipster/urban creatives-culture.
(Northern) Rogaland County
Apart from visiting the city of Stavanger, I highly recommend you broadening your horizons and checking out other parts of the region as well – obviously easier if you have a car, than depending on public transportation.
Here from Tungenes Lighthouse in Randaberg (now converted into a museum and a café)